Legal obligations for supervisors in the WA mining industry

My latest training program, Supervisor Obligations for Safety & Health in the Western Australian Mining Industry is now available as an online program.

The program examines supervisor obligations in the specific context of the Western Australian, Mines Safety & Inspection Act,  providing simple, non-technical principles and guidance, supported by lessons from cases.

You can have a look at the introduction to the program below.

You can access the program for $125 (plus GST) per person and bulk discounts are available.

If you are interested in reviewing the program to see if it would work in your organisation, or would like to organise access for your employees, get in touch by email – gws@nexuslawyers.com.au

I can also modify the program for your organisation.  If you have an introduction by the CEO you would like to add , or build an induction as part of the obligations program, or even change the program so that it deals specifically with issues in your business, just drop me a line and we can start a discussion.

Due Diligence Program in New Zealand

This is a call out to all of my connections in New Zealand.

Dr Rob Long and I will be in New Zealand at the end of August, running due diligence programs for clients. While we are in Auckland, we want to take the opportunity to run some 1-day, public due diligence programs, and are calling for expressions of interest for either 30 or 31 August.

During the program we will be discussing ideas from our book, Risk Conversations: The Law, Social Phycology and Risk. You can also see our discussion about due diligence from the book, in the video below.

The expected cost of the 1-day program is $495 (AUD) plus GST.

You can access more information about the program HERE. You can also email me directly- gws@nexuslawyers.com.au – or email admin@humandymensions.com.

 

 

Employee prosecuted for workplace fall

In a recent Western Australian prosecution, the operations manager of a roofing company was prosecuted and fined $7,500.00 after a worker fell about 5 metres, through a skylight.

The worker suffered serious injuries, and was lucky not to be killed.

The operations manager, Charles Farmer, was prosecuted under section 20(1)(b) of the Occupational safety and Health Act, as an employee who “failed to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the safety or health of any other person through any act or omission at work, and by that failure caused serious harm to a person“.

According to the prosecution summary, although Mr Farmer had identified the skylights on the existing portal frame roof, he did not ensure that a safe working procedure was in place that required the workers to use a fall injury prevention system.

You can access the prosecution summary HERE.

If you would like information about employee obligations for safety and health, I have developed an online training program, and you can find out the details at the link below:

Online training programs

 

 

Online training programs

After years of thinking about it, I have finally gotten around to moving my training programs to an online format.

My first program, Employee Obligations for Safety & Health is now available and you can have a look at the introduction to the program below.

 

You can access the program for $22.50 (plus GST) per person and bulk discounts are available.

If you are interested in reviewing the program to see if it would work in your organisation, or would like to organise access for your employees, get in touch by email – gws@nexuslawyers.com.au

I can also modify the program for your organisation.  If you have an introduction by the CEO you would like to add for your workers, or build an induction as part of the obligations program, or even change the program so that it deals specifically with legislation that applies to your business, just drop me a line and we can start a discussion.

Over the next few weeks I will be adding more programs. The programs include:

  • Supervisor obligations for safety and health in the Western Australian Mining Industry
  • Supervisor obligations for safety and health
  • Developing a safety and health assurance framework
  • Contractor safety management
  • Disciplinary action for health and safety breaches
  • How to build a “Reasonably Practicable” argument
  • Due Dilligence

If you have any other programs that you would like to see added, please let me know.

 

 

Much ado about nothing? Section 44 of the WA Mines Safety & Inspection Act

For a long time now I have been concerned about how section 44 of the Mines Safety & Inspection Act is marketed to the WA mining industry as an important part of supervisors’ obligations.

Section 44 is, for the most part, an administrative provision that does not create any additional legal liability for people who are “appointed” under the section.

Text of section 44

A significant amount of supervisor training is done in the name of section 44, much of which is misleading about both the nature of the section, and supervisor obligations.

Set out below is a short, 6 minute video that explains my concerns and the operation of section 44. if you prefer, you can access a short article HERE.

 

Safety Differently and Assurance

This is a quick shout out to my LinkedIn connections, especially those who are involved in “safety differently“.

I am doing research on health and safety assurance with a view to putting out a new book on the topic. My basic premise is that current health and safety reporting processes and metrics, including lead indicators, give us very little if any insight into whether health and safety risks in a business are being managed. To this end, I am interested to understand how organisations achieve health and safety assurance under the safety differently model.

 If anyone out there who is implementing the safety differently principles would be willing to share information about, or examples of their health and safety reports/reporting, it would be greatly appreciated.

 Cheers.

 

 

HSE Assurance program in Sydney – 26 June 2017

This is a shout out to my contacts in NSW to let you know that I will be running a HSE Assurance program in Sydney on Monday, 26 June 2017.

This program follows a successful pilot program that I ran in Perth last month.

The program will teach participants how to develop an assurance program for workplace hazards and a framework to demonstrate if the organisation is managing the hazard to a “reasonably practicable” level.

You can access information about the program at the link below.

HSE Assurance program – Sydney 26 June 2017